Rebelscum reported that the novel that was to be penned by my favorite Star Wars writer James Luceno (Labrynth of Evil, etc.) was to be cancelled.
I have mixed feelings about this.
At first, I was terribly disappointed, as Luceno is the best there is:
Labrynth of Evil - Mace Windu
Cloak of Deception - Qui-Gon Jinn
Hero's Trial - Han Solo
Jedi Eclipse - Luke Skywalker
Dark Lord - Darth Vader
There is so much he's done that reigns for the quality in the Expanded Universe. I looked forward to him telling the story of the Young Palpatine at last.
I am very disturbed that something might have happened to him, or his relationship with Del Rey or Lucasfilm. I hope that nothing like this is the case, but really want to know what is occuring with him and why the book was cancelled. Worse than anything above would be that sales of Star Wars books have dramatically declined."Darth Bane: Path of Destruction" was one of the best books I've read in recent times. Doing the "Legacy" series might or might not constitute a marketing success. Of that I'm not certain. But I buy those books as well, as I did with Timothy Zahn's latest SW entry: "Allegiance."
But on a second look, that Luceno might have surrendered this project, leaves open a great opportunity. The subject matter of Palpatine's training as a Sith Lord and his rise to prominence on Naboo, King Veruna's removal from office, Amidala's should-have-been-suspect-election, and everything that transpired before that, would be my ideal subject to write about myself. I would pattern a story very similarly to the historical fiction novel I'm writing now. I would have to be invited to write for Star Wars, as I've attempted to "break in" before to no satisfying result. However, my very "adult" novel I'm writing now is not a typical Del Rey friendly title (as they favor all-audiences accessible science fiction / fantasy) and I'm crafting something closer to American Psycho that's very "NC-17."
But Darth Plagueis would be my dream Star Wars subject matter and I'm well-versed in all the Expanded Universe matters that relate to the Sith Lord, including his prior contact with Durge. I also am clear about how I'd introduce the future Darth Maul as he begins his Sith training.
Yes indeed I have a very clear idea of what I'd want to do with Palpatine. It's a pity that we could never find out what Luceno would have done, but I'm not half bad myself. I'll tell you this stirred my ambition again as it's 2:30 in the A.M. and I'm up working on my novel again!